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Visit of the Kimchi Kickers from Korea
3 - 5 November 2006

... see you next year!

(Report by Howie)

A nice weekend with the Kimchi Kickers from Seoul!!

It started last Friday evening in Taverne where the "Kimchis" were welcomed by Kai, Frank, Bernhard and Ralph.

On Saturday then our match at the German school. I brought 92 bottles of water and 60 beers, but it was not enough because there were simply too many people and spectators around. Kai brought Kim, Natalie and Jennifer, Ralph brought Nona along and also Bernhard was there with his kids. Lennart was there, but preferred to play basketball. And of course Limping was also there to collect his monthly fee.

Last year both teams used black and white dress. So this time the "Kimchis" were very smart and brought the new red German dress along. But Dieter and Mathias were as smart as well and left our white shirts at home and brought our new red dress!! So approx. 30 players with red shirts were running around, the "Kimchis" in black trunks and German Plus in white trunks. But midway through the first half the "Kimchis" then took of their shirts: much to the excitement of the ladies on the spectator bench or should I better say, to their frustration?

And all of a sudden also Chris came walking around the corner! What a surprise! Chris, Kai, Helmut, our new signing from the German Embassy, as well as Irfan, Dudung and Herman played for the Kimchi Kickers. For German Plus were in action: Dayle - Dieter - Mathias - Michael - Ian - Moritz - Uwe - Marcel - Yannick N. - Frank - Nico - Marco - Ralph - Sunny - Yannick A. - Howie

German Plus took the lead thanks to two goals from Frank and Yannick N. 2-0 at half time. But then the "Kimchis" fought back! They were able to equalize and made it 2-2. I had some opportunities and I was dangerous the complete second half, so the Kimchis decided that I need a man-to-man-marking. I cannot remember when that happened the last time to me! One highlight of the second half when I won a header against Chris! Can you imagine that? Just when the majority of our players were getting frustrated because Yannick hardly passed any ball, he took the ball in midfield, passed 5 or 6 "Kimchis" and hammered it into the net to give us a 3-2 lead. Frank, who had opened the score sheet, also closed it with another fine goal in the 105th minute or so: final result 4-2.

We continued to STUBE. 9 "Kimchis" and Kai + Jennifer, Chris, Ralph + Nona, Frank K., Bernhard, Marcel, Yannick N., Dayle with his wife, Dieter + Lies with Mathias and Michael, Marc and some more others. Much to our surprise and - of course- delight, the Kimchi Kickers decided to pay all food and drinks! German Plus likes to take this occasion to thank the Kimchi Kickers very much!! As a small reward we then quickly arranged some introductions to the nice ladies in the STUBE and the inter-cultural exchange proceeded amazingly fast. At about 22:30h or so, some of the Kimchi Kickers decided to take the bus back to the hotel, a few stayed in STUBE and now I was forced by our members to open the German Plus wallet. As you know me I did this only very reluctantly, but it was worthwhile. We spent a very nice evening and I finally had to settle IDR 1, 7 million. For some of us the evening respectively the night was not yet over, but it was for me. The many Jägermeister made me very sleepy, to say the least. Bad luck for those of you who didn't join this nice evening.

... and the Kimchis loved it too! See message below:

From: Lutz (by email)
Sent: November 09, 2006

Dear "Die Stube",

Thank you very much for hosting our meeting Kimchi-Kickers-Seoul and German-Plus-Jakarta. In "Die Stube", we enjoyed a very nice evening in a special atmosphere which combines typical German elements with the great south-east Asian kindness, customer orientation and a lot of smiles!

The food, in particular the excellent pea soup, was very nice and contributed to the good spirit of the evening. Also, we liked the "German environment" (your dresses in our national colors, the nice "projection"

"Welcome Kimchi-Kickers", ...). You did a perfect job, thank you very much again and see you next year.

Best regards,
Lutz (Captain Kimchi Kickers Seoul)

The Webmaster: I guess they will be back, as they were here before (click to see the 2005 report)

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